United Airlines is offering its flight
attendants an Enhanced Early Out Program, which allows
participants a one-time opportunity to voluntarily separate from
the company and receive a severance payment.
United is also recalling all flight attendants
who are on voluntary and involuntary furlough.
United will offer lump sum payouts of up to
$100,000 for flight attendants who apply for the early out and
meet certain service and eligibility qualifications. The airline will award early outs in seniority order.
United has more than 23,000 flight attendants.
“We’re excited to offer this extraordinary early
out program, and we look forward to rewarding flight attendants
who’ve contributed so much to United over the years,” said Sam Risoli, United’s senior vice president, Inflight Services.
“Working together with the AFA [Association of Flight Attendants]
Master Executive Council Presidents Ken Diaz, Suzanne Hendricks
and Marcus Valentino, we were able to develop a program that
provides great benefits, minimizes disruption to flight attendants
due to staffing imbalances and at the same time helps us be more
Narita-based Japanese national Flight Attendants
employed by CMI, and who are not employed by United or represented
by AFA, have their own severance and early-retirement terms
provided in their collective bargaining agreement under Japanese
law, and are therefore not eligible for the United Airlines
Enhanced Early Out Program.
“United’s investment in this Enhanced Early Out
benefits United and all our flight attendants represented by AFA,”
said Mike Bonds, executive vice president, Human Resources and
Labor Relations. “Recalling furloughed Flight Attendants and
aligning our staffing to match our flying schedule will further
facilitate the company and AFA reaching a joint collective
bargaining agreement. It’s another positive step in what has
become a productive relationship with AFA.”
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